Dyslexia Is Not a Bad Word

“Dyslexia means a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin.”

Dyslexia Is Not a Bad Word, Advocates Say. Schools Should Use It

I never realized just how complicated dyslexia was until my son showed signs of it. I’m lucky because I have the financial means of helping my son get private tutoring but there are so many who are struggling because the school systems aren’t equipped to help them.

Studies say that 1 of 5 kids have dyslexia. I believe that from my son’s 20 kid class that at least 1-2 of them definitely had it and the other 3 low readers probably had versions of it. That would be 1 in 5.

It’s sad to me that public school keeps pushing struggling readers through the system without realizing that there are solutions to help this issue along.

Above and beyond actual reading skills, the biggest issue I see with dyslexic readers is not that they can’t read. At this point there are multiple ways that a dyslexic person can get printed material translated for them. It’s more their lack of confidence that permeates through their lives. It keeps them from reaching their full potential because somewhere along the line, surprisingly early on in school, they came to think that they were stupid.

Without written material in their learning process, there are hundreds of extremely successful people who are dyslexic. Did you know that Albert Einstein was thought to be dyslexic? Clearly his reading ability had nothing to do with his intelligence!

Dyslexic can be a true disability for a person if not addressed properly. What I fear for my son most is not that he won’t ever learn to read like the other kids in his class, but that he won’t go into life with the kind of confidence that the readers without issues will have.

So dear public school system: Please acknowledge that this is an issue facing many of your students. Changing the way we teach reading can only benefit the entire population of the school.

The following is not the way to handle things…

“It was really unfortunate saying things like, by virtue of addressing the needs of children with dyslexia, the schools won’t have enough time or will have less time to support the children who don’t have dyslexia,” Humphries, the Thorp superintendent, said of the association’s argument for not supporting the legislation. It’s “contrary to our duty to support all children.”

Dyslexia Is Not a Bad Word, Advocates Say. Schools Should Use It

Extra instruction in reading never hurt anyone.

This statement makes my skin boil.

In the state of California where we live the governor goes above and beyond to accommodate the different the diverse population of our state. The fact that some places would accomadate for issues that have nothing to do with education and ignore something that is a fundamental skill that they will use their whole academic career and beyond boggles my mind.

Please don’t make DYSLEXIA bad word.


Published by Patty Gordon

I’m Patty Gordon, a 40+ year old school lunch lady married to a crane mechanic. Our days are anything but normal as he works “construction worker hours” and I take care of our two elementary school aged kids, Chihuahua Mr Biggs, Pitbull Cali, and French Bulldog MooMoo. I blogged a few years ago under different names but have landed with the 365MomMe.com name this time around. The term 365MomMe comes from the idea that I’m a mom and I’m me 365 days a year. Kids call me Mommy but I see myself as MomMe.

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